YouTube Debuts Star-Studded Lineup for First #YouTubeBlack FanFest Show at Howard Homecoming

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More than 12 YouTube stars and influencers from across the country gather for exclusive live show

WASHINGTON, DC (October 12, 2017) — YouTube and Howard University are delighted to announce the first-ever #YouTubeBlack FanFest at Howard Homecoming 2017, an exclusive live event that brings together YouTube stars, emerging artists and the Howard University community.

YouTube FanFest, which debuted in Singapore four years ago, is a unique show where YouTube stars come together for a live event full of performances, collaborations and in-person fan meetups. #YouTubeBlack FanFest at Howard Homecoming is the first time this show will land ashore in the U.S.

“Homecoming is a very special time when our students, alumni and broader community come together to celebrate Howard excellence,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “We are thrilled #YouTubeBlack FanFest is debuting in the United States at Howard University and bringing this exciting event to our campus.”

#YouTubeBlack FanFest will take place on Tuesday, October 17 at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. This debut show features an energetic lineup of performances by YouTube stars who have over 16 million subscribers combined including: Alonzo Lerone (1.9M+ subscribers), Amber’s Closet (635K+ subscribers), Dainá (507K+ subscribers), Dormtainment (1.1M+ subscribers), Miles Jai (641K+ subscribers), RandomStructureTV (1.5M+ subscribers), Spoken Reasons (1.9M+ subscribers), Summerella (579K+ subscribers), Teala Dunn (2.1M+ subscribers), Tré Melvin (3.2M+ subscribers), TPindell (2M+ subscribers), and VanJess (312K+ subscribers).

The event is also YouTube’s latest effort to celebrate and support the black creator community on the platform, a community that first created the #YouTubeBlack movement at a YouTube summit last year. Over the past year, #YouTubeBlack creators have come together through a variety of initiatives, including numerous panels and events at YouTube Spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and Brazil.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with Howard University to bring the first #YouTubeBlack FanFest live show to Howard’s annual Homecoming festivities. Creators like Summerella and Tré Melvin entertain and inspire millions of fans on YouTube every day, and we can’t wait to see them bring their magic to life with the Howard community in a couple weeks,” said Danielle Tiedt, Vice President Marketing, YouTube.

Tickets will become available for Howard Homecoming attendees/members via www.youtubefanfest.com. For those hoping to tune in to this show from beyond Washington, DC, the #YouTubeBlack FanFest will be livestreamed at http://www.youtube.com/fanfest. 

For media inquiries, contact Brittany Bell Surratt, brittany.bell@howard.edu.

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ABOUT YOUTUBE

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ABOUT HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 10 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, over 80 Fulbright recipients, 22 Pickering Fellows and one Schwarzman Scholar. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States and recently opened Howard West, an applied computer science residency at Google, in the heart of Silicon Valley. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s website at www.howard.edu.